Comboyne bridge upgrades complete
The third and final timber bridge on Comboyne Rd has now been replaced, signifying the completion of a $5.7million investment to improve the safety and connectivity of this important link road.
Hartys Creek, Bulli Creek and Hyndmans Creek timber bridges have now been replaced with reinforced concrete bridges that include new guard rails, a smooth asphalt road surface and traffic signage.
“Around 750 vehicles use Comboyne Rd each day, so it’s great to now see the final timber bridge replaced on this critical transport route for our rural communities,” said Director Jeffery Sharp.
“The three old timber bridges were well passed there used-by date, having being built in the 1950’s, and there replacement has been completed ahead of schedule which is a great outcome for our community.
“Council worked closely with local residents, transport and agriculture businesses and the NSW Farmers Association to secure funding to complete these important upgrades that now ensure Comboyne Rd will remain safe and accessible for the local community for many years to come.”
Further upgrades to Council’s extensive bridge network will continue in 2019, with plans to repair Myhills, Thompsons and Ready Money Bridges on Upper Rollands Plains Rd, and further maintenance work also scheduled for Kindee Bridge.
In the last 5 years Council has delivered 7 full timber bridge renewals which includes the construction of new timber structures.
Council has also completed major rehabilitation works on 10 timber bridges to improve safety and to extend their service life, which has included timber decking replacement, kerbing and abutment repairs.
The bridge replacement works on Comboyne Rd we’re jointly funded by all three levels of government with Council receiving grant funding through the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and the State Governments Fixing Country Roads and Repair and Improvement of Regional Roads Programs.
“Council thank the local community for their ongoing support, patience and understanding as these important projects that protect the livelihood of our region’s rural families and industries continue,” added Mr Sharp.
To stay up to date with Council’s bridge replacement and renewal programs visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/bridges.